ISLAMABAD: China is sending its team to support Pakistan to probe the tragic bus blast to find out more facts. Chinese Foreign Office spokesman said that China will send out a cross-departmental joint working group to Pakistan to help with the relevant work.
“The CPC (Chinese Communist Party) and the Chinese government attaches high importance to this. Party and state leaders made important instructions right away. We must spare no effort to rescue the injured, properly attend to follow-up matters for the injured and deceased, promptly find out what happened, conduct an in-depth assessment of security risks, and do our utmost to ensure the safety of Chinese personnel,” he added.
Lijian said that the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan has activated the emergency response mechanism, kept in close contact with the Pakistani side in both Beijing and Islamabad, and engaged fully in dealing with the emergency.
At least 13 people – nine Chinese nationals and four Pakistanis – were killed and more than two dozen others wounded on Wednesday when a bus they were travelling in plunged into a deep ravine after an explosion on board.
The bus was ferrying the Chinese and Pakistani workers to an under-construction tunnel site of the Dasu hydropower project.
“We have asked the Pakistani side to lose no time in conducting a thorough investigation, properly transfer and treat the wounded, strengthen security measures, eliminate security risks, and ensure the safety and security of Chinese personnel, institutions and projects in Pakistan,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a regular media briefing.